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Pixel 4’s Pixel Aware may be Google’s next secret weapon

Pixel 4’s Pixel Aware may be Google’s next secret weapon

The Google Pixel 4 leaks are off with a bang this week, with imagery of the phone lineup and features coming in hot and heavy. Clues appearing today suggest there's a sort of feature that'll make use of the Project Soli sensor first revealed by Google in 2015 (and approved by the FCC for testing early this year). Android Aware, or Pixel Aware, it's likely called, or just "Aware". This system could change the way we interact with smartphones forever.

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Google Soli radar magic tipped for Pixel 4

Google Soli radar magic tipped for Pixel 4

Come in, radar, this is Pixel 4 - Pixel 4 calling, over. Today there's rumor that the Google Pixel 4 will make use of Google's recently-FCC-approved Project Soli chip. That's a chip that enables a device to employ radar to detect tiny changes in the space its scanning - movement, mostly - human hand movement, primarily. This sort of crossover could mean some magical abilities are afoot for Google's next major smartphone release.

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FCC votes to allow default robocall blocking by carriers

FCC votes to allow default robocall blocking by carriers

Last month, the FCC announced that it planned to vote on a new ruling that would enable wireless carriers to block robocalls by default, a change that'll require customers to opt-out of the service if they don't want it. In an update on the matter released today, the FCC revealed that it has voted in favor of allowing robocalls to be blocked by default.

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Mysterious new Google ‘media device’ appears in FCC docs

Mysterious new Google ‘media device’ appears in FCC docs

The FCC has published a new listing that details a mysterious new Google product, one listed only as a 'media device.' The listing includes a model number and a single illustration, which is labelled as pertaining to the bottom of this device. Based on what little information is available at this time, the new 'media device' appears to be a Home / Nest product, but questions remain.

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Samsung Galaxy Home Mini could beat its big brother to release

Samsung Galaxy Home Mini could beat its big brother to release

It's been quite some time since Samsung first revealed the Galaxy Home, its Bixby-powered smart speaker. That happened way back in August, and we still haven't been given a release date for it yet. Despite all of that, Samsung is already looking toward the future of the Galaxy Home brand. As it turns out, the company may be plotting a smaller Galaxy Home that's meant to better compete with budget speakers from Google and Amazon.

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FCC will vote in June to authorize default robocall blocking

FCC will vote in June to authorize default robocall blocking

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has detailed its plan to tackle robocalls, a growing issue that has prompted Americans to send the Commission hundreds of complaints every single day. According to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the agency will vote on 'much-need relief' on June 6 during a monthly meeting. This vote will potentially open the door for a new rule that would allow wireless carriers to block robocalls by default.

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Google Pixel 3 prices drop as new devices hit FCC

Google Pixel 3 prices drop as new devices hit FCC

It would appear that Google's getting ready to release something new - something like a pair of new smartphones. The Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL are currently in a price-cut sort of situation at the Google Store. This is a situation of the sort we'd expect just before the release of a new set of replacement devices. But it's not time, is it? Hasn't it only been a short span of time since the Pixel 3 and 3 XL were first released?

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Is Verizon right to temp-lock their phones?

Is Verizon right to temp-lock their phones?

Temporary locks for all new phones released by Verizon will go into effect soon if OK'ed by the FCC. A message was released today publicly, but addressed toward the FCC, from Ronan Dunne, executive vice president and group president of Verizon Wireless. In this message, Dunne suggests that it is because of identity thieves that Verizon is requesting that the FCC allow them to lock phones to their network for 60 days after purchase.

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5G Moto Mod release gets FCC go-ahead – but it’s complicated

5G Moto Mod release gets FCC go-ahead – but it’s complicated

Motorola was early aboard the 5G train, at least with the promise of the 5G Moto Mod, and so as US networks prepare to light up coverage for subscribers it's no surprise to see the Moto Z3 add-on get the regulatory nod. Announced last year, the 5G-toting backpack for the Android smartphone is actually a lot more complicated than it first appears.

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FCC proof Galaxy S10E isn’t “Lite” to Samsung

FCC proof Galaxy S10E isn’t “Lite” to Samsung

The FCC just revealed new Galaxy S10 family details along with a list of devices headed to Samsung's upcoming event. Samsung will be revealing the lot of these devices for sale inside the United States within weeks of the event itself. The devices include smartphones, watches, at least one tablet, and a pair of bluetooth headphones for good measure. What's interesting here is the amount of each device that's on said list - three of each special case, for example.

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FCC’s Net Neutrality kill didn’t increase broadband investment

FCC’s Net Neutrality kill didn’t increase broadband investment

There's good news and there's bad news when it comes to the fallout after the FCC's kill of Net Neutrality. We expected the worst - that internet providers would start making companies pay for fast lanes and that lower-class content would get caught behind throttled speed internet. That didn't happen - or at least it didn't happen to the degree to which we were worried, yet. The bad new is that none of the GOOD stuff the FCC promised has happened.

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Ring Beams outdoor lighting might finally be close to launch

Ring Beams outdoor lighting might finally be close to launch

Last year at CES, Ring revealed a new line of outdoor lighting. The line was created following Ring's acquisition of a company called Mr. Beams, and though that CES reveal suggested an impending launch, we went through all of 2018 without hearing anything more. A look at Ring's website shows a notable lack of outdoor lighting, but that may all be changing soon.

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